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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
November 20, 2015
35° 57.7’ S x 175° 46.5’ E
Cloudy and rainy
We spent the night anchored just off Kawau Island where we stood anchor watches in pairs for an hour at a time. When we came on deck to relieve Julianna for anchor watch, the first thing she had to report was the “cool thing”. She poured a splash of her water overboard and upon contact with the sea, the water glowed! The rest of our watch was less eventful. After breakfast we had all hands on deck to set the sails for our second day of sailing! Yesterday, we used the motor along with the sails but today we got to the point where we turned the engine off! It is fair to say that it was a rough sea. We’ve all been given an abrupt introduction to the world of tall ship sailing but every minute I learn more.
My watch had most of the day off so we all tried to get some sleep. Lying in my bunk in the foc’s’le (for those of you who don’t know, sailors shorten all words and this is short for forecastle and is located in the bow of the ship) was like being in a never-ending amusement park ride where you are thrown repeatedly up into the air and then come crashing back down into the water. Throughout the day much clanging and stumbling could be heard. Let me tell you, putting socks on in a thrashing boat is not easy. After sliding around on my foot for a while I sat down, but then I just slid to the other side of the fo’s’cle on my butt.
There are a lot of things to get used to but we are adjusting to life at sea. The gimbled tables are quite something. Since they stay parallel to the horizon even as the boat rocks from side to side, it may look like they are at a 45 degree angle really they are flat and everything else, including you, is on an angle. This means you can put things on them and they don’t slide off! Your tea level stays even! As I write this the
table is dropping out from under me and through the port holes it looks like a washing machine with blue water sloshing and frothing around the circles.
Another fun thing about life on the ship is that there are little cubbies everywhere for storing things! Recently, I discovered a cubby full of cereal under my mattress and got very excited that I had hit the jackpot and found a secret stash! But our steward, Bex, assured me that it is entirely normal for food to be stored under the beds of students. Fingers crossed I’m not sleeping when we run out of cereal in the galley.
My watch had the first evening watch and we were greeted by a wonderful light show of bioluminescent jellies! I’m convinced that they were encouraged by our excitement because the more we talked about them, the more the gelatinous organisms glowed for us! It was a beautiful night, I can only hope that every day will begin and end with bioluminescent watches and I can’t wait to see stars! (We’ve had mostly clouds, usually covering 7/8ths of the sky). Mother nature was heavy early on, but me thinx we held fast and she’s calming down, so we’re looking forward to lighter days ahead.
Also, we had a birthday on board, happy birthday Kate!